DIY Teeth Whitening Scrub

Diy teeth whitening, bentonite clay, turmeric, charcoal

Coffee is my crutch. I also enjoy the occasional glass of wine. Unfortunately, I wear the evidence on my teeth every day. I also have soft, sensitive teeth so those whitening strips are not an option for me. They work so well but the pain in my teeth for a week after isn’t worth it to me.

I did some digging around on the interweb, as you will, and found several different DIY whitening processes. Anything with baking soda and peroxide increases my sensitivity so those were out. I saw activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and turmeric; all things I could use without painful repercussions. I also figured, if one of these things works, then maybe all three mixed together would work even better. So of course that’s what I did.

I normally use a dry mix of these but I thought I would try a liquid version, since I kept reading that’s how others were using it. Maybe they knew something I didn’t. Well, they didn’t. I definitely prefer the dry version so, although this is for the liquid version, I suggest you don’t add the liquid.

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Starting with an ounce of coconut oil I added

a teaspoon of turmeric (I use this kind – Turmeric Powder 7 oz Pkg by Organic Traditions )

a teaspoon of activated charcoal (I use this kind – Solaray Activated Charcoal Capsules, 280 mg, 90 Count )

and a teaspoon of bentonite clay (I use this kind -Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, 1 Pound ).

I mixed them all together to make a thin paste. First I brushed my teeth and I then dunked a dry toothbrush in. Be sure you use a separate toothbrush or that you don’t mind yours getting stained because that’s what’s going to happen.

After dunking my toothbrush into the mixture, I brushed my teeth for two minutes. It was disgusting. I looked like a zombie. It didn’t taste like anything though so I’m assuming the charcoal absorbed the turmeric flavor. Not having to taste turmeric was my favorite part. I rinsed my toothbrush off, and since there was no flavor, I applied another layer to my teeth. I had to take a shower so I kept it in my mouth for the first couple of minutes just for added effect.

Then, I rinsed my mouth out and brushed my teeth a couple of times after the paste had been in my mouth for about 5 minutes total. It didn’t seem like much of a difference but LUCKY FOR YOU I documented that mess so we could have before and after photos! After looking at those I did see a noted difference.

If you have sensitive teeth, I recommend trying this, but the dry version really does work better. It also keeps better in a container on the shelf so you can use it a couple of times a week without it solidifying into an unmanageable clump. If you have any ideas for products I should try or DIYs I should attempt, leave it in the comments!

7 thoughts on “DIY Teeth Whitening Scrub

    1. Charcoal IS abrasive so it’s best not to use this as a long term solution! I only do it about 3x for a week and then I don’t do it again for a few months. I’ve been looking into ways to naturally strengthen enamel and so far it sounds like making sure you have enough minerals and vitamin D in your diet can help. I’ll keep looking because I think that is pretty important and a separate post about it should happen! Thanks for bringing that up!!

    1. When I tried them separately I found the turmeric made the biggest difference immediately, which seems counterproductive since it’s yellow! I wouldn’t recommend it as a long term solution because the ingredients are abrasive, so if you do it, do it sparingly. The thing I liked about the charcoal was that I didn’t have to brush much with it, I just let it sit on my teeth for a few minutes. Every time I use this mixture they do get a little whiter but they reach a limit and no more progress is made so I stop for a while. It’s not as drastic as whitening chemicals, however it DOES help remove basic everyday staining.

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